Scott vetoes Levy Center — again

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Third strike for college campus

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Central Florida College Levy Center Provost Marilyn Ladner says she is saddened and disappointed by Gov. Rick Scott's veto of $4.25 million to get the Chiefland campus started. 

On Monday, Scott's office announced the list of items he had struck from the state budget that starts July 1, and among the $378 million that he whacked from the $74.1 billion spending plan dubbed “Florida Families First” was money to begin work on the $14 million campus north of Chiefland.

The money had been added to the budget by the state Legislature's budget conference committee. 

It's Scott's second veto of money for construction of a classroom/multi-purpose building on the campus.

Scott, who has been trying to turn around his image portraying himself as an advocate for education and as a jobs creator, vetoed a $4.8 million appropriation in 2011.

Former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is rumored to be considering another run for the Governor's Mansion in 2014, vetoed a $14.8 million appropriation in 2010. 

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